Commissionaires Blog

Welcome to Commissionaires’ blog! As a leading security provider and Canada’s largest private sector employer of veterans, we’ll keep you up-to-date on security industry news, security tips and techniques, and profiles of our team members.

Beyond Service: Devon Riley (Ottawa)

April 16, 2018

When he found himself seeking inspiration to get his life on track, Devon Riley turned to the Canadian Armed Forces. He signed up to be a reservist, and is experiencing “the best of both worlds.” He enjoys the flexibility of having a full-time job as a commissionaire, and still do his part as a soldier. 

When we spoke to Devon, he told us about the significance of the Commissionaires culture including the focus on training, and what he refers to as "the best part of this job…[being] appreciated for everything you do and [being] well-respected."

Director of Business Development, Kingston & Region, receives a Chief of Defence Staff Commendation

April 13, 2018

In a March 23 ceremony at CFB Kingston, James Ostler of our Kingston & Region Division, received a Chief of Defence Commendation.

James was the Deputy Commander of the Canadian Armed Forces Task Force deployed on a Peacekeeping Mission to the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, from 2015 to 2016. This was a period of heightened tensions and a rapidly deteriorating security situation. 

Beyond Service: Angela Jacklin (Ottawa)

April 9, 2018

Angela Jacklin balanced family life and a military career throughout her 32 years of dedicated service to the CAF. Although she was never posted in theatre, she spent two years at sea, and was an instructor at various points in her career, teaching QL3 and QL6 finance courses, among others.

Epilepsy Awareness Day - what to do if someone is experiencing an epileptic episode

March 23, 2018

March 26 is Epilepsy Awareness Day—otherwise known as “Purple Day.” People across the country sport the colour purple to inspire conversations about epilepsy. This made us wonder how many people really know what to do if they witness an epileptic episode?

Beyond Service: Ottawa Division's Susan Godden

March 8, 2018

During her 17 years of service, Susan Godden participated in two UN peacekeeping missions as a signaller. Although extremely proud of her deployments in Croatia and Haiti, her experience in Haiti has particular meaning for Susan because she shared that experience with her father, who was on deployment as a liaison officer. Her father also swore her in to the regular force.

Susan is now a Security Clearance Administrator with our Ottawa Division.

Thank you for your service, Susan. And have a happy International Women's Day.

"It’s more than black or white history, it's world history."

February 28, 2018

Today is the last day of Black History Month. It originated in America in 1926 as “Negro History Week,” and was first recognized in Canada in 1950. It is now recognized across North America and the United Kingdom.

Matthew Berard from our Southern Alberta Division spoke with Commissionaires Contract Supervisor Greg Amey about Black History Month. Greg is a dedicated father, pastor, commissionaire, and American who has made Canada his new home. He shared his insight on the importance of recognizing and celebrating Black heritage, in both countries.

Commissionaire Spotlight: Christine (Chris) Belliveau

February 13, 2018

We have the privilege of working with individuals committed to their community, the safety and security of those around them, and the federation as a whole. Among them, many demonstrate exemplary commitment to their post. However, it’s not often someone has the opportunity to demonstrate exemplary commitment in their post for 20 years.  

Rodney McAlpine to receive Medal for Bravery from the Royal Canadian Humane Association

February 7, 2018
Original posting date: November 21, 2017

The Royal Canadian Humane Association, Canada’s Bravery Awards Association, has awarded Rodney McAlpine of Great Lakes Division with the Bronze Medal for Bravery. The medal is to be awarded to Rodney for performing an act of bravery in hazardous circumstances, detailed below.

CNS celebrates 80th Anniversary of protecting Nova Scotians

January 24, 2018

On this day in 1938, our Nova Scotia Division opened it's doors for business. Here are eight fun-facts to commemorate it's 80th birthday:  

Attention to detail and quick thinking go a long way

January 23, 2018

Wednesday January 10, 2018 was a momentous day for the City of Saskatoon and North Saskatchewan Division. That day, The New York Times included Saskatoon on its list of 52 places to visit in 2018. A pleasant surprise to many locals, who have been experiencing severe cold weather conditions wreaking havoc on their infrastructure.